The Pros and Cons of Weight Lifting and Cardio Exercises
- A weight lifting plan can help you gain strength
- Cardio is exercise and enjoyment at the same time
- However, your risk of injury is more in strength training
Exercise is broadly divided into two categories–strength training (weight lifting being its most common form) and cardio. The purpose of exercise might mean physical activity to you, but there is a big difference between the two. Both cardio and weight lifting have their own merits and demerits.
The pros and cons of weight lifting:
- A weightlifting plan can help you gain strength and increase the size of muscles by tapping into fat stores.
- Weightlifting makes your body stronger, enabling you to do everyday chores with ease.
- It is excellent for promoting bone health.
- Weightlifting is not just an exercise, but also a way you can shrug off stress at the end of the day.
- Weightlifting requires precision. The exercise form is of utmost importance, so you have to have an expert to guide you.
- Since you are lifting heavy, your risk of injury increases.
- The rate of burning calories is not as good as it is in intense aerobic activities.
- You need fitness equipment. While you are out of town, finding a place to work out can be a hassle.
Pros and cons of cardio:
- There are endless options for you– run, swim, cycle, dance, play sports, hike and more. You can choose as per your liking. You can exercise and enjoy at the same time.
- You can burn your calories with high-intensity cardio workout.
- It helps the heart, body’s organs and ups overall fitness levels.
- You can get in shape with aerobic activities, but can’t get bigger or build muscles.
- It might seem easy, but you need to go easy. Going hard can cause injuries or problems in the long run.
- Because the metabolic rate is lower while doing this exercise, the session needs to be lengthy. Cardio can sometimes, be long-standing and may drain your willpower.
Image Source: Getty
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Feb 08, 2018
All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however Onlymyhealth.com does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.